FDA Action Level

Published: July 31, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does FDA Action Level Mean?

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) action levels are levels recommended or set by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for indicating health hazard posed by toxic substances in food products. Action levels are generally set at 50% of the permissible exposure limit (PEL) but the actual level may differ.

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Trenchlesspedia Explains FDA Action Level

FDA uses action levels when it wants to specify a specific contamination level at which the agency has to take regulatory action. FDA Action levels signal to the industry that it has the reliable scientific data to support court action if the contaminant or toxin level exceeds the action level. It also represents limits above which FDA can remove the products from the market.

The action levels are considered mandatory only if they have been developed through public notice and comment rule making procedures provided in the Administrative Procedures Act.


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